Monday, March 4, 2019

Inspire Me Monday #217: Shout-Outs: Hair Hacks Video + Thoughts on Entrepreneurship and Supporting Each Other

My lovely writing sister Helena shared this video with me. The advice given in the video is for the care of black hair. I really like the lady who made the video. She has a fun, casual demeanor. She had brain surgery, and in some of the videos on her channel, she discusses this.
This lady created her own line of hair care products. Unfortunately, the project doesn't seem to have worked out, as she has not posted to either her YouTube channel or her Facebook page for a couple of years.
Being an entrepreneur is hard, People. Being an independent blogger is difficult. It takes a long time to attract an audience, longer still to start seeing a profit of any kind from your efforts. It's even more difficult if you are not a naturally outgoing personality. (I'm not.) However, having a sparkling, extroverted personality is not a guarantee of overnight success either. 
This is why I despise those programs which claim you will be earning 10,000 dollars this month and all you have to do is pay them 666,666 Quatloos to get access to their top seekrit information. Just like the multi-billion dollar diet industry's lies, it is probably true that there are statistical unicorns who will succeed at becoming ultra-wealthy using the Top Seekrit Formula For Big Success while losing half their body weight in a month, not ending up in the hospital for dehydration and malnutrition, keeping the weight off forever, and never developing one single wrinkle because they used the Extra Special Youthifying Cream made from the seeds of the rare Skunkmelon which only grows in Lost Lemuria.
Oddly enough, this is not what happens for most people. Never mind the lies of the beauty and diet industry, let us focus on the lies of those who prey on the desperation of people who want to escape their lousy job and want to provide a good life for themselves and their family.
I guarantee that you will not be lining your pockets by buying into these programs, no matter how much "proof" from "my real bank account" they offer. I know because back in the early 2000s, I bought into several of them. The results were always the same. I lost money, and I really didn't know anything more than I did before.
The real road to success tends to be long and arduous. Sometimes allegorical rock slides and trees will block your way. You may be beset upon by flying monkeys and brigands. The money is not going to just leap into your bank account. You may sometimes wonder why you bother doing the things you do when it's so hard to get buyers for your products, let alone any kind of audience at all. It takes money to make money (i.e. buying advertising). So, how in the world do you make money when you're already in the hole?
Joining in on blog hops such as this one allow you to introduce yourself and your blog to the world, and it doesn't cost anything to do so. You may not see an immediate increase in traffic, but over time you will notice that you are getting more hits. Independent bloggers can also help each other by giving shout-outs, which is something I try to do fairly often. It isn't all about how much I can get for myself, it's about how we can all make things better for as many people as possible.
Joining the Amazon affiliate platform is free, but if you don't bring in enough revenue within the space of three months, they cancel your account. All you have to do is join again, but it's a pain in the butt, and, as far as I'm concerned, they don't have any justifiable reason for doing things this way. 
I sometimes feel like I'm selling my soul by being an Amazon affiliate, given my negative feelings about the company's treatment of their employees and my outright loathing for Jeff Bezos and his non-taxpaying ways and multiple bathrooms in his mansion while his employees are forced to pee in bottles and trash cans because there aren't enough bathrooms in the warehouses. The fact that I ended up paying $450 in taxes this year when I made less than $10,000 income and am on Medicaid while billionaire Jeff Bezos paid no taxes makes me feel downright stabby. Despite this, I feel that signing up as an affiliate for Amazon can be a positive revenue source for independent bloggers.
Follow the bloggers who have been around a while and who are making a living at it. Learn from their mistakes as well as their triumphs. 
Above all, don't fall into the trap of believing you are a failure because you haven't become successful in a short period of time. Overnight success is a fluke. For most people, success takes longer. Tweak your plan if necessary, but don't give up. Learn from your mistakes rather than allowing them to destroy you.
Let us work together to find success!


Pretty much every infomercial ever (and about as believable)

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